Perhaps you, like me, have read and considered the power behind Wikis, Blogging, as well as wondered what's all the HYPE about Web 2.0. Or, maybe you have considered all of the many suggestions about what the best tech tools are or wondered if the World is really going Web 2.0. It seems that many discussions on Classroom 2.0 have been lively and provide great ideas on how we, as teachers, can use web 2.0 tools with our students. I had a handle on these topics and have enjoyed my attempts to involve me and also having my students participate in using Web 2.0 tools.

As I was working at my school to try to gain "converts to Web 2.0 tools," I used the CommonCraft Show videos. AI found several teachers who were "adamant" about not being involved in using web 2.0 tools. As a result of watching these videos, the teachers were impressed and became excited to use these tools with their students. I just watched a "CommonCraft inspired video" that shows what happens when you do the math of Web 2.0 tools: Google + Moodle+ Wiki + Blog= "Goomoodleikiog". I thought I understood what a mashup was. I've created several mashups and was pleased with my results.

When I watched the "Goomoodlekiog" video I determined the mashup concept had risen to a new height. In addition, I realized the power can come fromnot having students move from one level of Web 2.0 tool up to the next, but in finding a way to combine ideas and push learning to new limits.

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This video has me now reconsidering if I am really a Web 2.0 teacher. While I thought I had a feeling for this concept, I am now thinking I have much farther to go. My goal now is to try to determine how I can help my students extend their learning and understanding farther than they have before. I hope to help them decide on ways to create and share content content understanding in new ways. Perhaps I just need some more gadgets so I can have fun in my classroom. And speaking of new gadgets, I bit the bullet and added a Snowball microphone to my tools today - it's supposed to be one of the best in its price range for creating podcasts.

Please share your ideas on how we can encourage teachers to involve their students in a GooMoodleikiog. I'd also like to see any mashups that my fellow Classroom 2.0 teachers help create.

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Tags: 2.0, blog, google, web, wiki

Comment by Ben Knaus on April 11, 2009 at 5:45am
We ordered a Snowball with some grant money that we had. It is good. Great tool for podcasting. It works with individuals and groups. You'll have fun. Enjoy.

There is a 1-2-3 switch on the back. I don't remember which setting is which but it does matter depending what type of recording you are doing. There's my two cents.
Comment by Glen Westbroek on April 11, 2009 at 8:48am
Thanks for the positive news on the Snowball. I look forward to using it. It is nice to hear from someone who has used it already. I'll take a look at the switch on the back and see how it helps the recording process.
Comment by Mark Cruthers on April 12, 2009 at 7:37pm
Here's a Wiziq public class Nellie Deutsch did on Wikis

Comment by Glen Westbroek on April 12, 2009 at 7:47pm
Thanks for the Wiziq class by Nellie. Just when I think I understand Web 2.0, I find more that can be done with it!
Comment by MarbleHost on April 13, 2009 at 1:01am
Thanks, should be fixed now. I have a new ImageProcessing library cooking. The old source is completly outdated. The new one will be a little bit more complex but much better.
http://www.marblehost.com/how-long-does-it-take-for-my-account-to-be-setup-after-signing-up.php

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